April 25th, 2018

Goatley shines in Holy Cross win over PRP

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

Goatley shines in Holy Cross win over PRP
Holy Cross pitcher Carson Goatley throws a pitch / photo by Conor Revell

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Holy Cross pitcher Carson Goatley made life difficult for Pleasure Ridge Park’s softball team.  

Goatley reached base three times and threw six innings to help her 11th-ranked visiting Cougars defeat archrival PRP 5-2 in a 21st District game Wednesday night.

Despite earning revenge from last year’s stunning upset loss in the district championship game, it was just another game.

“We don’t look at the past,” Holy Cross head coach Tony Young said. “We don’t care who we are playing, we are only playing ourselves. Every individual kid is working on things that can make them better to help the team win a game.”

Goatley had two singles, drew a walk, scored twice, and had a sacrifice fly.

The versatile sophomore was quite dominant in the circle and allowed only two earned runs, four hits, struck out nine, and didn’t issue a free pass.

“I threw my pitches and trusted my mechanics,” Goatley said. “I threw a bunch of curveballs because they were moving really good. I made sure I threw my changeup because it was good and that came in handy today.”

Holy Cross (13-5) went up 2-0 in the first inning. Maddi Gailor led off with a single, stole second, and moved to third on Goatley’s single.

“Our offense as a whole tonight was better,” Tony Young said. “The scoreboard didn’t necessarily show the results of that. But, we had a lot of hard hit balls; we just hit them directly at people. We did a better job with our approach at the plate compared to the last 18 innings.”

Goatley stole second. Bella Velez hit a fielder’s choice that scored Gailor as she avoided the tag while Velez was safe at first.

Velez stole second when Panther catcher Rosie Sullivan overthrew second baseman Kendall Berry and Goatley scored on the bad throw.

The Cougars made it 3-0 in the third. Shalon O’Bryan singled, moved to second on Maddie Wilson’s bunt and scored when PRP shortstop Jordan Manco mishandled a grounder from Gailor.

The Panthers (6-6) cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the inning.

“Carson did a good job for the most part hitting her spots,” Holy Cross head coach Tony Young said. “She only let two people beat us. We didn’t do a good job of pitching to those two kids. Offensively, she did really well.” 

Makenzi Luckett singled and Rosie Sullivan hit a two-run bomb to straight away center field.

“I missed my spot on that pitch,” Goatley said of Sullivan’s home run. “But, I buckled down after that.”

Holy Cross added its two final runs with two outs in the fifth.

“That’s the difference between winning and losing a close game,” Tony Young said. “It was a one run game. Several times we came through with two out RBIs. That’s one thing that we have struggled with in the couple of losses we have taken. Our loss against No. 2 East Carter was a perfect example of that. Two out hits are the difference between wins and losses.”

Goatley singled with one-out and Dakota Young doubled with two outs to put runners at second and third.

“She had been pitching to us outside all game long,” Dakota Young said. “”I wasn’t really looking for an inside pitch and she threw me an outside pitch and I went with it.”

Natalie Luckett doubled home Goatley and Young.

“I stayed inside my head and she threw me two inside pitches which is what I look for,” Natalie Luckett said. “They weren’t working for me. My teammates before my at-bat said that she was throwing outside so I watched for the outside pitch, I fouled off the first one, but I figured I’d get another one, and I took it into left field.”

Velez pitched the seventh for the Cougars and allowed one hit and struck out one.

Makenzi Luckett threw a complete game for PRP and allowed five runs; three earned, seven hits, struck out one, and walked one.

Gailor and Goatley led Holy Cross with two hits. Natalie Luckett, O’Bryan, and Young each had one hit.

“She was throwing a lot of outside and down the middle pitches,” Goatley said. “Every first pitch she was throwing seemed to be a strike. I thought to myself that I need to attack the first pitch she throws.”

Makenzi Luckett led the Panthers with two hits. Mariah Jones, Skylar Troutt, and Sullivan recorded one hit apiece. 


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